Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
this agent, Andy Ross, who has posted faux literary rejections on his website. Clever. And I like his spunk. Here is an excerpt of my favs:
- Plato's Republic: "I’m not sure that the author has anything really new to say about the themes he discusses."
- Sophocles' Oedipus Rex: "Although I am a personal admirer of Mr. Sophocles, I feel that Oedipus is a minor work and, quite frankly, a little derivative."
- Joyce's Ulysses: "I’m sorry. I just don’t get it."
- Tolstoy's War and Peace: "Just between you and me, this manuscript just isn’t ready for prime time. For starters, it is a real door-stopper."
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
uproar over the Virginia Quarterly Review here at old LROD? This was when the VQR got caught sending snippy internal notes to one another about certain submissions? And they ended up with an apology: "It seems obvious—and is regrettable—that some writers got the idea that VQR delights in belittling unsolicited submissions. Nothing could be further from the truth. (yadda, yadda, yadda)." Well, here's one from the archives. I cannot read what the message says on the second page, though. Something about Gerard Manly Hopkins? Something about Peggy being uptight? Not sure. But maybe those insider editorial comments emerged from a kind of history at VQR. Just sayin'.